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Wines of Canada

Since 1992

Robert's Selections

Robert's Selections reflects wines we have enjoyed in our home in 2022, visiting friends, or dining out. Our selections are based on a glass or more of each wine in enjoyable surroundings. On numerous occasions our review takes into account the thoughts of our friends. These are wines we recommend for your enjoyment; not every bottle we open will make this list, only the best!

“Wine is one of the most civilized things in the world and one of the most natural things of the world that has been brought to the greatest perfection, and it offers a greater range for enjoyment and appreciation than, possibly, any other purely sensory thing.”– Ernest Hemingway, Death in the Afternoon

“The simplest definition of a great bottle of wine is when you feel sad because the bottle is empty.” ― Tony Margiotta


Sandhill - Terroir Driven 2021 Sovereign Opal

A very good wine light and freshing with flavours of tropical fruit, melon, and gooseberry. Lovely notes tropical fruit, pink grapefruit, lychee nut, and white peach linger on the off-dry finish.95

Wild Goose Vineyards 2021 Autum Gold

A sweeter wine. The blend is Gewürztraminer, Riesling and Pinot Blanc.featuring an aromatic blend showing mango, papaya, pineapple, baked golden apple, dried rose petal and honeysuckle notes along with ripe peach and savoury camomile. 92

Jackson - Triggs Estate Winery - Okanagan -Reserve Merlot 2020

A very good wine at a very good price. plum, jammy strawberry, rich mocha notes and smoky toast  through. 92

Church and State 2018 Frizzante Muscat

One of the best Sparking Wines I have enjoyed this year. It has light floral aromatics with flavours of peach and pear! 95

OK Crush Pad - free form Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

A natural Wine itwas destemmed and put into stainless open tops. Native fermentation started spontaneously, and grapes were punched down twice a day by hand. After 11 months of concrete ageing post basket pressing the wine was settled naturally and bottled. It has a light texture with notes of Red Berries 92

OK Crush Pad - free form Cabernet Franc 2019

A natural Wine fresh wine grapes grown in the south of BC desert. Rasberry and hints of peper dominate the wine 90

Bordertown Estate Winery - Living Desert White 2021

comprised of Muscat, Gewurztraminer and Gruner Veltliner, Lovely peach and tropical fruit flavours 94

Seaside Pearl Estate Winery - Petite Milo 2021

Perhaps the best Petite Milo I have enjoyed in the past three years. It is clean and fresh with honey and citrus notes on the palette, finishing with tropical aromas of guava and pineapple. 95

Seaside Pearl Estate Winery - The Connaught Syrah 2019

Not quite a full bodied red which suites my personal taste It has all the flavours associated with the Syrah grape. The pepper and spicy notes did not dominate allowing the flavours of black berries to come through nicely. 93

Mt Lehman Winery - 2020 Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot

A good wine spending 18 months in new oak barrels. Hints of spices. Soft plum flavour through out 90

C.C. Jentsch Cellars

Sadly this winery closed after the passing of it owner. The wines are excellent. The 2019 Chase a blend of 4 wines 62% Merlot,23% Malbec,12% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3 % Cabernet Franc. Black cherry dominates with hints of Plum and strawberry 92

Church and State Blanc de Blancs

The 2018 Blanc de Blancs spent 30 months on the lees at sparkling wine house in Brentwood Bay. The fruit for this wine comes from the Détente vineyard on the Black Sage Bench. A terroir that ripens Chardonnay perfectly for this method of wine making. It begins with nice lemon note sand soft flowers. The bubbles are light, providing a freshness on the palette. 94

Sumac Ridge Cabernet Merlot

A most enjoyable wine. It features flavours of Blackberries Cherry and Spices. 90

Planters Ridge Tidal 2021

A perfect blend of  L'Acadie Blanc, Frontenac Blanc, Frontenac Gris, Seyval, NY Muscat & Chardonnay. It has aromas of apple blossom, peach and honeydew melon. A perfect finish! 95

Township 7 Blanc 2020

This refreshing wine is highlighted by citrus flavours and touches of candy apple. It provides a touch of summer sweatiness 92

BorderTown GrünerVeltliner 2019

It begins with a nice floral aroma followed by flavours of Peach and Apricot and hints of lime.90

Chaberton Estate - Bacchus 2020

Internationally known for there Bacchus Chamberton's 2020 is another sensational wine.

Flavours of peach and oear with hints of key lime. 94

Blue Grouse Ortega 2021

A most enjoyable wine. fruit forward aroma that goes all the way to the finish. Hints of lemon zest, Mandarin orange, caramel, and white peach. 93

Symphony Ortega 2021

It all begins with aromas of fresh l lime, fragrant of melon and elderberry on the nose.  It has a dry, juicy palate with zesty citrus, ripe melon, and a clean crisp finish.  94

Alderlea 2021 Bacchus

Refreshing citrus flavours a Memorable wine 92

Alderlea 2018 Merlot

An excellent wine! It has everything you would expect in a good Merlot. The flavours of dark berries shin through out! 94

 Domaine de Grand Pré Ortega

Nice aromas of pear, honey and hints of apricot..It goes down light and says more please 92

Cedar Creek Riesling Okanagan 2021

Light acidity refreshing flavours apple dominates.. 91

Castoro de Oro Heart of Gold

A perfect white blend brings together Pinot Blanc, Vidal, Siegfried and Viognier. It exhibits a wide variety of fruit flavours, with a slight cotton candy note on the end. I tried it as a wine in the Can. A most impressive wine 96

Castoro de Oro Pinot Noir 2019

This is a really good Pinot Noir. The flavours of Cherry shines through. Acidity is perfect. 94

Castoro de Oro Gewurztraminer 2017

Wonderful brusting with flavours. Citrus and rose petal comes through nicely.A nice shuttle dry wine 94

Castoro de Oro Merlot

A beautiful Merlot in a can. It comes in at 13.9 % alcohol It is everything one can ask for in a good Merlot 94

Castoro de Oro Chardonnay

A very nice Chardonnay in a can. Notes of Peaches and pears.. delightful citrus fruit finish 90


Church and State 2017 Quintessential

Wow The wine starts with a very nice aroma. Exceptional flavours of dark fruit with hints of chocolate 95

Closson Chase 2019 The Brock Chardonnay

From Prince Edward County in Ontario, an excellent wine. Light and freshing wonderful fruit flavours. Good acidity. 93

Closson Chase 2018 The Brock Chardonnay

From Prince Edward County in Ontario, an excellent wine. Providing notes of earth and minerals and wonderful fruit flavours. Good acidity. 92

Closson Chase 2019 Churchside Pinot Noir

From Prince Edward County in Ontario, an excellent wine. 18 months in French Oaked barrels. Limited production. It starts with a nice aroma of fresh Fruits, black cherry with hints of cranberry. The tannins create a nice lasting finish 93

Church and State 2018 Syrah

This award winning wine is bold; it is also very dry. The nose presents  eucalyptus, mint and red peppers. On the  palate expresses notes of cranberries, green peppercorns and red currants. 94

Dirty Laundry Okanagan Sweet Heart

A very nice blend of Gewurztraminer, Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc. Fresh bright flavours from start to finish , Featuring melon,peaches honey and hints of grapefruit. 94

Jost Vineyards L’Acadie Pinot Grigio

An blend of Nova Scotia L’Acadie Blanc with a touch of Pinot Grigio. An uniquely refreshingly dry, floral wine.  Peach, honeysuckle, with hints of apple and lemon/lime. 92

Inniskillin Niagara Estate Series Late Autumn Riesling 2020

A most interesting wine that plays with your taste buds. On the nose a nice aroma of citrus and apple awake the taste buds. The citrus flavours continue to the finish. A touch of sweetness. 91

Backyard Vineyard Simply Social Pinot Gris 2020

A refreshing wine perfect for the patio season Nice citrus flavours. pear, green apple, ginger, a hint of nectarine, and a through line of salinity and spice. 92

Backyard Vineyard Bacchus 2020

A refreshing wine with hints of apple, grapefruit and lemon..a nice lean finish 90

Backyard Vineyard Bacchus 2021

A refreshing wine with hints of apple, grapefruit and lemon..quite refreshing 92

Gehringer Brothers Pinot Gris 2020

A nice wine showing notes of honey apple and pear with earth tones. Acidity is perfect. 90

Ponderview Estate Winery Riesling Reserved 2017

It starts with a nice citrus aroma of lime and honeydew followed by hints of apple and pear. A nice smooth finish 92

Benjamin Bridge Nova 7 2020

A very popular wine from Nova Scotia. Clean crisp Notes of starfruit, lime and honeydew. 93

Times Family Winery 2018 Meritage

Almost perfect. nice flavours of honeydew, pear with hints of mango and apricot. Smooth and mellow. 94

City Side Winery - Mystic Pearl Chardonnay 2021

A very light bodied wine. with hints of lemon and pear. 89

St Hubertus Estate Winery -Great White Notrh 2019

A blend of Gewurztraminer and Reisling. Hints of lime and lemon 89



Festna Lente Silvanvs Accerglyn

A very light and smooth beverage with lemon and maple flavours.. very good patio mead. 94

Festna Lente FestVM

Just how good can a Mead be. They can be outstanding! This one is perfect for a summer day. Its light, refreshing, off dry and bursting with mojito inspired flavours .. 94

Festna Lente Fortvna Cherry Melomel

Delicious, Smooth! Cherry and cherry and Cherry 93

Festna Lente Sol Invictvs

A most enjoyable mead. Sun-ripened Apricot is the basis for this lovely dry and delicate wine named after the Unconquerable Sun. 91

Fortified Wines


Skaha Vineyards 2015 Rouge

A smooth 100% Merlot fortified wine with a high Alc 20.1. Flavours of Butterscotch, raisin and almonds 90

Backyard Vineyard Reserved Porch

A Port-style wine.On the nose numerous fruit flavours with hints of spice. On the palette blueberries and cranberries 92

Chaberton 2017 Reserved Tribute

A Port-style wine. Bursting with flavour..100% Merlot this fortified wine abounds with flavours of chocolate, sweet cherries and plum. 94

Glasshouse Festa

A Port style fortified red wine. Blended with Petit Verdot , Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Lemberger  and Merlot, has notes of raisin, strawberry, brown sugar and spice. Very nice 90



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